CAMERON, TX (October 10, 2014) — – The Cameron High School Yoemen will play their first conference home game against the Rockdale Tigers on Friday, October 10 at Yoe Field with a 7:30 PM kick-off. This will be the 60th “Battle of the Bell,” making it one of the oldest rivalries in Texas. The game will be played on Hellas Construction’s Matrix® Turf installed this summer.
Cameron ISD’s school board approved the project on May 2014. Construction for the first phase of the stadium was finalized in September. “It’s pretty impressive to pass a bid in May and be able to play your first game in such a short time span,” said Cameron ISD’s Superintendent Colin Clark. “For the average worker on the job, to the superintendent of the project and the President of Hellas, there is a great sense of pride for the quality of work that they provide.”
“We’re very excited about this game,” commented Cameron High School’s Football Coach Rick Rhoades. “It has always been very important for our community. What separates this rivalry from others is that it takes place between the two communities and not the two teams. It has been going on for so long that it is very important for us to keep the bell in our possession.”
The Yoemen will be facing a tough opponent in the Rockdale Tigers, who are currently 5-0 and second place in their conference. The Battle of the Bell is an annual football game between the cities of Cameron and Rockdale, Texas. In 1954, a railroad company donated a bell to increase the rivalry. Each year, the winner of the football game goes home with the bell and paints it with their school colors. The Cameron Yoemen have won the previous two years.
“During our State Championships in 2012 and 2013, we had the opportunity to play on many turf fields,” added Superintendent Clark. “Hellas’ Matrix® Turf was always the field we were on. So when we decided to upgrade our stadium, we knew that our athletes would play great on Matrix® Turf.”
In addition to turf, Hellas also installed its epiQ Tracks® system, as well as the visitor’s grandstands. Once the current football season is over, Hellas will proceed to the second phase of the project, which will include new home grandstands to match the visitors’ side, as well as a tennis complex and an A.D.A. approved entrance to the stadium. The project will be finalized in December 2014.
Matrix® Turf offers temperature reduction, traction-enhancing characteristics, superior durability, and is currently installed at venues such as the AT&T Stadium, Baylor University’s McLane Stadium, Angelo State University’s LeGrand Stadium, the University of California at Berkeley, and many more. Hellas’ epiQ Tracks® offer eco-friendly, non-petroleum based running track systems known for durability, system stability, and performance-enhancing characteristics that improve speed and control.
About Hellas Construction
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Hellas Construction is a nationwide contractor with a strong reputation for delivering premium-quality sports construction projects across the United States. Hellas has the ability to custom-manufacture and install proprietary brands of synthetic surfaces for field sports, running tracks, and tennis courts, by controlling all related operations. For more information, visit hellasconstruction.com, www.epiqtracks.com, and matrix-turf.com or follow them on twitter, and facebook.
About Cameron ISD
Cameron Independent School District is located in the central part of Milam County in Cameron, Texas and has a population of approximately 5,600. The Cameron Public School System was established in 1890. Cameron ISD has approximately 1,650 students and occupies approximately 315 square miles. For more information, please visit www.cameronisd.net.